by Ronnie Estoque
On June 24, protestors filled the streets of Downtown Seattle in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which had protected abortions at the federal level. Prior to marching, protestors gathered outside of the Federal Building for a rally that was organized by the Puget Sound Mobilization for Reproductive Justice (PSMRJ) — a growing coalition of groups and individuals initiated by Radical Women nationally to step up the defense of abortion rights. The event was also coordinated alongside other protests occurring in other cities across the U.S.
Continue reading Seattle Protests the Supreme Court’s Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade
by Gennette Cordova
Last week, for the first time in history, conservatives on the Supreme Court decided to strip away a constitutional protection it had granted the nation half a century ago. The despair, outrage, and panic in the air is thick, and if you’re thinking this is the worst it’s going to get, you’re wrong.
Continue reading OPINION: The Overturn of Roe Must Be Viewed as Call to Action. Here Is What We Can Do Right Now
by Laura LeMoon
In 1973, SCOTUS heard the case of Roe v. Wade, which essentially brought into question the legality of an abortion ban in the state of Texas at the time. Back then, abortion was really only accessible in 13 states and only under certain circumstances; the remaining states outlawed abortion except to save the life of a pregnant woman. Right-wing lawmakers have been chipping away at sex workers’ privacy for years now, and while sex workers’ rights activists have been sounding the alarm to the general public for a while, I believe there is something we can all still do to support sex workers now that Roe has been overturned. The first thing is to get educated — especially if you’re not a sex worker — about how sex workers will be uniquely impacted.
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by Phil Manzano
The U.S. Supreme Court formally overturned Roe v. Wade on the morning of Friday, June 24. The South Seattle Emerald has rounded up a variety of reactions, stories, and developing protests about the decision, starting with the lead story from Politico, which published a leaked draft of the ruling in May.
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by Megan Burbank
Ever since the leaked Roe v. Wade decision, I’ve been hearing people talk about abortion with a new sense of openness. In my work, I speak with people who think deeply about abortion access all the time — activists and abortion fund volunteers, providers and reproductive rights attorneys, all of whom predicted Roe’s fall earlier this year — so this isn’t new for me. But the scale of it is. Now, I find myself talking about Washington State’s extremely specific legal protections for abortion access with casual acquaintances, people I only know from workout classes, and friends and family members across generations, who remember what life was like before Roe with a vivid stoicism I thought my generation would never have to fully understand.
Continue reading OPINION: Amid Disinformation, Abortion Stories Tell Powerful Truths
by Laura LeMoon
On May 3, a SCOTUS draft opinion was leaked to POLITICO in which the state of Mississippi is challenging the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case and bringing it before the Supreme Court. Roe v. Wade wasn’t a law guaranteeing abortion rights, but rather a huge legal precedent that established that the right to abortion was part of the U.S. Constitution’s guaranteed right to privacy. The 1973 Supreme Court decision caused a domino effect of abortion access changes across the country as a new argument for abortion choice was now institutionally recognized as valid.
Continue reading OPINION: The Ultimate Survival Guide for the Impending Overturn of Roe v. Wade
by Seattle City Councilmember Tammy J. Morales
When I was 21 years old, I had an abortion.
Continue reading OPINION: My Abortion Story
by Megan Burbank
After Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion overruling Roe v. Wade leaked the night of May 2, the court’s credibility hit an all-time low and the outcome reproductive rights advocates long feared became prematurely real months before a decision had been expected. While the court could theoretically release a different decision when it officially rules on Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban this summer, it’s incredibly unlikely, and the draft ruling itself, rooted in anti-feminist rhetoric that quite literally comes out of the 17th century, shows the activist tendencies of the court’s conservative majority.
Continue reading OPINION: What Now? What’s Next for Abortion in Washington and Beyond
by Phil Manzano with photography by Maile Anderson and Alex Garland
After news site Politico obtained and published a draft opinion last week showing the Supreme Court had voted to overturn a woman’s right to choose an abortion, opposition galvanized overnight.
Hundreds of protesters gathered at Westlake Park last Tuesday night, May 3, and earlier Gov. Jay Inslee called on politicians and advocates to rally at Kerry Park where he vowed Washington “was a pro-choice state, Washington State is a pro-choice state, and we are going to fight like hell to keep Washington a pro-choice state.”
Continue reading Rising Voices in the Fight Over Roe v. Wade
by Elizabeth Turnbull and Sarah Goh
Content Warning: This article discusses the topic of sexual violence and assault.
Washington leaders joined a growing national protest Tuesday, May 3, after news site Politico obtained and published a Supreme Court draft opinion showing the court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark 1973 decision ensuring a woman’s right to an abortion.
Continue reading Washington Leaders and Pro-Choice Advocates Protest Draft Opinion Overturning Roe v. Wade